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Text of Remarks from Tom DeLay

Friday, 13 May 2005 12:00 AM

For 10 years, the Republican Party has made the most of that opportunity, turning the American people's trust into action.

In our first decade as a national majority, we reformed welfare, we ended partial-birth abortion, we balanced the budget, and we lowered income taxes for every American who pays them.

We have shifted political debate in this country: on the economy, on the size and mission of government, on our national security, and on the role of faith in our society.

We have identified and tackled huge issues, oftentimes at great political risk, and we have done so at every turn from a principled, conservative perspective.

And the American people have responded.

Since 1995, 17 million more Americans have jobs, 14 million more own their own homes, and 18 million more are invested in the stock market.

Inflation and unemployment and the number of people living in poverty have plummeted, as has the national debt as a percentage of GDP.

Meanwhile, we have recovered from the most devastating act of terrorism ever to mar our soil, and we have liberated 50 million Afghanis and Iraqis in the war on terror.

Libya has disarmed, Syria has retreated from Lebanon, and the voice of the people has been heard in historic elections from Kiev to the West Bank.

We have banned partial-birth abortion and written into federal law the protection of unborn children from attacks against their pregnant mothers.

We have reasserted the constitutional role of Congress — and of the courts — in interpreting our laws.

We have reaffirmed both the indispensable role of faith in our society and the definition of marriage as a sacred bond between one man and one woman, period.

And we have defended the dignity of all human life, born and unborn, wanted and unwanted, loved or unloved — because human life is not given its dignity by its quality, but by its Creator.

America is safer, stronger, more prosperous, and better prepared for the future than at any time since the end of the Cold War.

And in response to this mountain of evidence, this colossal testament to the strength of our ideas, our opponents have offered… nothing.

No ideas. No leadership. No agenda.

And just in the last week, we can now add to that list, "No class."

As you may have heard, Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid went out and called George W. Bush, the President of the United States, our commander-in-chief, "a loser."

We shouldn't be surprised, I suppose.

After all, similar insults were once hurled by Ann Richards and Al Gore and John Kerry — you'd think by now Democrats would have learned not to mis-underestimate this president's strategery.

After all, he's spent the last four years standing up to al-Qaeda, Saddam Hussein, Moammar Gadhafi, Yassir Arafat, and tyrants and terrorists from around the world.

Democrat leaders can't even stand up to Michael Moore.

We've spent 10 years making history while Democrat leaders have spent 10 years making noise.

And you know what, their rank-and-file members are starting to agree.

Democrats around the country are growing more and more alienated every day because they see that the once-great party of Roosevelt and Kennedy has become the party of Howard Dean.

Whatever your opinion of modern political liberalism, there is no denying that for most of the 20th century, the Democrats were a party of ideas and ideals — now, they're just the "party of NO."

And I've got news for you — rank-and-file Democrats know it.

That is why, over the vociferous objection of their leadership, dozens of Democrats of good will have joined Republicans in the House in recent months to pass our reform agenda — bankruptcy reform, class action reform, energy, border security, repealing the death tax.

On issue after issue, Democrats are rejecting the bitter extremism of their leadership and embracing the commonsense reform agenda of the Republican majority.

The tide has turned.

We live now in a right-of-center nation, and in a time of historic opportunity.

Democrat leaders may wish we just disappeared, or that they could defeat us by some means other than the ballot box.

But I'll tell you just what I tell them: we're just getting warmed up.

This Republican Majority has worked too long and too hard to stop now.

Our nation, however secure, is still too vulnerable; however prosperous, is still leaving too many Americans behind; however virtuous, is still wounded by a culture of pride.

And as long as any American is threatened by terror, unable to find a job, or anxious about his child's education and safety, we'll be there.

Because tonight in America, a young wife is driving back to her home on the base, having just kissed her husband goodbye as he boarded a transport en route to Iraq.

Tonight in America, a doctor in a small town is trying to determine how he can continue his practice after seeing his new malpractice premiums.

Tonight in America, a college freshman has found out she is pregnant, and, all alone in her dorm room, contemplates what seems to her a choice between the impossible and the unthinkable.

Tonight in America, a wounded soldier is recovering at Walter Reed, wondering what he can still contribute to his country as a 22-year-old without his legs or a college degree.

Tonight in America, an abused and neglected child will spend her first night in the warm, safe home of her adoptive family.

A middle-aged housewife is proudly informing her family that she has decided to go back to school.

A young husband is frantically reminding his wife to "Breathe!" as they speed toward the hospital to deliver their first baby.

A newlywed couple is placing a bid on their first home.

A poor daughter of immigrants has just been accepted to medical school.

And a young man who grew up in the shadows of the World Trade Center is walking into a recruiting office to enlist in the Marine Corps on his 18th birthday.

This is our nation; this is our mission: earn it.

Thank you all for everything you do, thank you for this unforgettable evening.

May God bless you, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.


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